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The Bruins are in the homestretch of the NHL regular season

Los Angeles Kings v Boston Bruins
There are only Derek Sanderson games left in the Bruins’ regular season schedule.
Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Tune in to see the Bruins take a short trip to Florida and face the Lightning Tuesday evening at 7:30 on NBCSN. Can a visit to the Panthers be far behind?

  • Just the facts, ma’am- we will not have the pleasure of Steven Stamkos’ company tomorrow. Fox Sports Unfortunately, he may be out for quite a while. Tampa Bay Times
  • In good news of the NHL standings, Boston has just 16 regular season games to go, with two matchups against the Stamkos-free Lightning in the upcoming week. HockeyBuzz
  • Bruce Cassidy will have the option of resting some of the Bruins who have been shouldering the load this regular season. Boston Globe
  • One of our favorite Czechmates is the NHL 3rd Star of the Month for February. Bruin NHL
  • Leap Day has historically been unkind to the Islanders when they face Boston, Saturday was no different. Here’s what went badly for them. The Hockey Writers
  • Sticktaps to Tuukka Rask on his fourth shutout of the season. Did you know just how tightfisted he and Jaroslav Halak have been yielding opposing goals? Only 167 have been scored against them, the lowest number in the league. Sports Daily- Days of Y’Orr
  • Repeat after me- hasn’t Charlie Coyle been a force to be reckoned with this season? Chowder and Champions
  • Lend your ears to The Skate Podcast. One episode delves into the futures of Jake DeBrusk and Torey Krug in the cap picture, while the other addresses the Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase acquisitions. (Links to audio) WEEI
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the PBruins are en fuego! Rinkside Rhode Island

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Blues have crept into 2nd place within 6 points, the Lightning are in 3rd with 7 points. and the Capitals are in 4th at 8 points back. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is the top NHL sniper by two goals, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. Among defensemen, Torey Krug is among both points and assists leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask is top dog in GAA, and is among both the save percentage leaders and shutout leaders. Jaroslav Halak is still among the leaders in all but save percentage. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: David Backes and his family bade Boston a thankful and fond farewell. @DBackes42
  • Of the 25 most powerful women in hockey, numero uno runs on Dunkin’ and is a chum of Pasta’s. Number 20 is a Finnish goaltender. Bonus- the up-and-comers include a trio of on-ice officials. Sportsnet
  • Olympian and Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato (stepmom of former Bruin Landon Ferraro) has been busy scouting talent for the as-yet-unnamed new NHL team. NHL
  • When it comes to ending the game with a Skillz Competition, which players have historically struggled? Yep, two career Bruins are listed here. The Hockey News